photo illustration by Samara Pearlstein
Yes, you read that correctly: Joel Zumaya is on the DL. Again. It’s his shoulder. Again. At least this time it’s just vaguely ‘sore’ and not ‘immediately requiring surgery’, although that’s just for now.
I really wish I could say that I’m surprised by this, but I’m not. Less than 10 days ago I said this:
‘Slightly above the triceps’ is an exceedingly diplomatic way of saying ‘shoulder’.
It is also my understanding that breaking pitches are more immediately dangerous for a pitcherís elbow (at least partly due to arm rotation) while power stuff is more immediately shoulder-related (of course a pitcher can bollocks up any part of his arm with pretty much any pitch: pitching ainít good for human arms, period). So that last sentence, where Zoom reported no problems throwing any breaking balls and only felt tightness on a portion of fastballs, is not in the least tiniest way reassuring, because if he IS having shoulder problems again, I would EXPECT him to feel it on his fastballs and maybe not necessarily on his softer stuff.
At least itís not his oblique?
I hate it when I’m right about stuff like that.
It makes sense to DL Zoom right now. His last few outings his have been terrible. His WHIP is approaching 2.00. And Jim Leyland (FINALLY) does not trust him on the mound:
“I can assure you, I’m not going to have Zumaya for a while, even if everything checks out all right,” Leyland said. “All I know is there is a problem. Joel is not himself. I can see it in his face. I can see it in his demeanor.”
Asked how long Zumaya might be out, Leyland said, “Right now, I don’t feel comfortable pitching Joel. I’m not talking about because of results. I’m talking about because something is not right.
“It’s going to be next year until he gets back to 100%.”
John Lowe/Detroit Free Press
Jim Leyland, professional physiognomist.
To take Zoom’s spot in the ‘pen the Tigers have called up Francis Beltran. He can’t possibly be worse than Zoom, right? Right?